Get ready to go offroad
Are you ready to take your vehicle off the beaten path and explore the great outdoors? Taking a 4WD vehicle off-road can be an incredible experience, but it is important to be properly prepared before setting off.
Having the right recovery gear is essential in order to stay safe and get the most out of your off-road adventure. In this blog post, we will provide an overview of the essential recovery gear you need to take with you on your next 4WD excursion.
Whether you are going off-road or not, you should also check this "20 Must Have Car Accessories" by Cartopia for some cool car gadgets to make any road trip better.
So, if you’re ready to get out and explore, then get ready to go offroad!
Tyre pressures are the most important thing when it comes to taking your 4WD off road. The main reason people get bogged in the first place is due to incorrect tyre pressures. The moment you leave the bitumen, you should be letting air out of your tyres.
Every terrain requires different tyre pressures (beach, mud, rock or gravel driving) and the only way to accurately deflate your tyres is with a gauge.
You can go lower but a good start point is 22psi. Have in mind that if needed, it is much quicker to go even lower in pressure than go up. A good tyre gauge will allow you to accurately get your tyres down to the preferred pressure, but if you are on a budget you can easily deflate your tyres with your key, a rock or a stick!
Having a shovel means you can recover yourself from many situations without help from others. If you have room, get a long handled shovel as the extra length makes it easy to dig under the middle of your car.
However, if you have limited space, foldable shovels are also available and will fit anywhere!
Your 4WD recovery kit must also include a pair or two of recovery boards, also known as traction boards. These are fairly simple to use and can get you out of a bog in mud, sand and even snow.
Recovery boards provide more traction in terrains such as wet rock, mud or snow. They may also stop the car sinking into soft ground like sand, snow or soft mud. Additionally, they can be used for extra clearance – helping to raise the tyres to go over obstacles.